WBHS Weekly Newsletter 3 – 17 October 2014

On October 17th, 2014, posted in: News, Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by


Within the next few days, the Academic Department will be emailing out to Gr 8 and 9 parents a set of instructions on how to view your son’s activity on our Learning Management System – Moodle. Parents can log on using their sons account, and our boys should be reminded of point three on the Tablet Code of Conduct here: ‘Be prepared to show all content of the device to parents and teachers at any time’.



This week’s image from the tablet team asked the students a question about organization. Less than one quarter of respondents felt that tablets did not help with being organized, and interestingly, considerably more staff had the perception that pupils were less organized compared to the pupils view of themselves. This begs the question – do students know what being organized is? Please feel free to contact Ben Thompson on bthompson@wbhs.org.za if you have any comments on this week’s item.



Monday evening saw the Matrics and their parents arrive for their final Matric Evening of the year. Hosted in the Fishbowl, the evening began with a welcome from Mr Murison; which included thanking all the key parties who have contributed to such a successful year –
Mr Moser, Mr Richardson, all the House Heads and teachers, parents and, of course, the boys themselves. Mr Moser and Mr Richardson both then addressed the parents and boys – highlighting the great academic potential of the group, offering some advice for the task ahead and encouraging them to make the most of the exams ahead. The evening ended with the learners and parents receiving their 3rd Term Academic reports.




Referee Dinner: On the last Thursday of term we had our inaugural Rugby Referees Dinner hosted at the Bill Bowden. This was a first of its kind for school boys in the Province. Guest speakers, Joey Salmans and Ben Theron, both representing the WP Rugby Union, were there to share some words of wisdom with the boys and parents. Quinton Green was awarded the WP Junior Referee of the Year.

Well done to Mike Leresche for his guidance, expertise and support of these boys and for Mike Engelbrecht for the backing of the Rugby department. I hope to see the other sporting codes follow suit and to invest in developing their referees and umpires.

1st XV Rugby Dinner: A well-attended and supremely well organized rugby dinner took place during the holidays. Anthony Pollecutt was the m/c, with Mr Richardson giving the opening speech followed by meaningful speeches from all three coaches. Justin van Winkel summed up the season by saying that the team from the beginning of the season had three aims:

• Play skillful rugby
• Be the best conditioned team in the Province
• Be friends and play for one another

That certainly explained their success and set the tone for all other sport’s teams in the school. The highlight of the season was the book given to all the boys as a record of their 2014 season.

Water Polo: The 1st team water polo took part in the annual SACS festival hosted over the first weekend of the holiday. Preparation was always going to be difficult with the camps taking place in the previous week. Spare a thought too for Coach Julian Vincent, who having run the Melliar Cup, ran the Grade 11 camp and then took the 1st team to SACS Festival. Both Julian and Nick Molyneux have given many hours getting this 1st team and the other A teams as best prepared as possible. The 1st team played 9 games at SACS. They won 3, drew 1 and lost 5. Although the results don’t read well, I am still proud of a team who performed well despite various challenges.

Cricket: The 1st team went up to play in the national T20 finals in Pretoria. The best team from each South African franchise was participating in these finals. Unfortunately, we went into these finals without three of our key players. They got off to a good start winning their first three warm up games. In the Tournament they Played 5, Won 1 and Lost 4. They beat Westville, but lost to Grey College; Kingswood; St Stithian’s and Waterkloof. In my opinion the game against Grey Bloem played a pivotal role in the team’s performance. Having lost narrowly to them, resulted in the team dropping their heads and struggling from then on.

The 2nd team travelled to East London to represent Wynberg at the Cape Schools’ Week. Here they played 3, Drew 2 and Lost 1 [Drew with Dale 1st XI and Queens 1st XI, but lost to the Grey 1st XI]. The team had the Grey 1st XI reeling at 85/7 before Grey fought back to post 190. Wynberg were 50/1 in reply before eventually falling 40 runs shy of victory.

The U15A team participated in the cricket festival at Grey in PE. They beat St Albans and Woodridge; drew with Maritzburg College and lost to Kearsney.
The U14A team travelled to Hilton College. They beat Maritzburg College, St Charles and St John’s, but lost to Hilton and drew to Westville.
The U15B/14B composite team played in a festival of cricket at Wynberg.
Six teams represented Wynberg during these holidays. We thank all coaches for giving up their time in taking our boys away.

WP Selections: The following selections were announced at the end of term:

U15: St John Land, Liam Berry and Thomas Wright
U17: Furqaan Khan and Matthew Hoare

U18A: Michael Pollecutt
U18B: Hugh Rodseth, Camerine Van Niekerk
U16B: Stephen Matthew, Cameron Samuel, Matthew Lewis

WP U15 Squad: Taine Hackett, Storme Conradie, Matthew Kievits

Cricket: Kyle Verrynne has been selected to attend the Cricket South Africa U19 Camp.

Reminder about the Sport Policy:
All Grade 8-10’s have to play a Summer AND Winter sport.
All Grade 11’s have to be involved in a significant school activity throughout the year in order to qualify for matric colours.
Boys are not allowed to change the sports that they registered for in Summer. This can only be done by coming through me and the respective teachers-in-charge.

The expectation for all matrics is that they have made a commitment to the school and that they must play. They can, however, make arrangements with their coaches to miss practices or leave early.

POWERADE competition: I am pleased to inform you that Wynberg collected the most POWERADE bottle caps out of all the schools participating in the POWERADE Schools Cricket Programme in the Western Cape. As a result, the school has been awarded with a POWERADE Performance Session with coaching legend, Ray Jennings.


On Friday 24 October the annual Steel Band concert will take place in the Alf Morris Music Centre. All WBHS steel bands will be performing and the concert will start at 19h00. Tickets cost R40 for adults and R20 for scholars. If you wish to attend please email Connor Grey at the following e-mail address: steelbandbookings@gmail.com. He will then reserve seats for you- this is important as seats are limited. Payment can be made at the door, on the night of the concert from 18h15.



For the first time we are having a concert in which our talented past pupils will participate. This will take place on Wednesday 29 October in the Alf Morris Music Centre, starting at 19h30. The initiative is from Shaun Moir who is currently studying honours at UCT. There is a star-studded line-up of performers, namely Shaun and Richard Moir (tuber and bassoon), Robert de Vries (flute), Keenan Oliphant and Matthew Windsor (vocal and piano), Kevin Kim and Nicholas Haralambous (piano duet). Our current concert band will have the opportunity to perform for about 15 minutes. The concert is free, but booking is essential so that seats can be reserved. If you wish to attend, please contact Sue Lindsay at the following e-mail address slindsay@wbhs.org.za.

Shaun Moir will answer queries about the concert at shaun.moir@gmail.com. Neil Moir has very generously offered to supply refreshments before the concert, from 18h30 – the venue is to still be finalized.


If you have not yet signed up for Club 175, contact Jeanette Muller to join the club. For R175 a month, you will be entered into the draw and stand a chance of being one of the 5 cash prize winners. Our next draw takes place end of October. Full details on the website www.wbhs.org.za or email jmuller@wbhs.org.za



A reminder to parents and boys that the school offers driving instruction at a reduced rate in the school vehicle. The Ford Figo has kindly been sponsored by MEKOR FORD, making it possible to offer lessons at the reduced rate.

Booking should be made directly with the driving instructors
Jirk Nel 082 788 6844
Peter Williamson 082 925 4346



Makro have presented us with a new opportunity to raise funds for the school. For every Makro card linked to Wynberg Boys’ High School, we receive 10% of Makro’s profits on your purchase.

We are appealing to all parents, friends and teachers to please update their existing Makro cards to make Wynberg their beneficiary, by logging onto the website www.makro.co.za and following the links to M-Card Program where you can update your details and select Wynberg as your beneficiary.

If you would like to apply for a new Makro card, please email Jeanette Muller, collect an application form from the front office or visit their website and apply online.


Quote of the Week

Matthew Brunger in his Matric Exit Interview answering the question on what advice he would offer the rest of the school:

Pretend it is your Valedictory soon and think of all the things you would have wanted to do.


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